Hi Lee and all FMs,
Well, we actually have the same problem here in the Northern part of Spain.
I´m 36 but most hams here are over 50-60. It´s hard to get tower
climbers/workers too. I use to do most of the tower works in my region with
a friend of mine EA1RC. Unfortunately, he´s starting to fell tired to climb
the towers and he usually refuse the job when the height is more than 40 ft.
We don´t take any money to help a fellow ham (a couple of Coca-Colas is more
than enough...hihi). When asked, we encourage the guys here to rent a crane.
That would means that we just need a person up in the top to get the job
done (normally myself). A few days ago, a guy at the radioclub told me that
they have found a professional climber for the tower and antenna´s
maintenance. He´s asking for 20 euros/hr but he would make us a special
offer for the radioclub´s members. He´s willing to do any job at any height
althougt I would have to go up with him as he doesn´t know how to connect a
coax, or a rotor and things like that...He´s willing to learn too. This turn
out to be our solution. Wondering if you could locate a guy like this in
> This is more of a Lament that anything. A subscriber commented in the
> StepPIR vs any other antenna war....that he has plenty of ham friends to
> climb a tower.
> Well, try that in Kansas....with all the guys in our club pushing 60 and
> above with about three guys below the age of 40. Yes, we try to get young
> people involved, but most are not interested. The last class we had were
> all retirees wanting something to do...or...people interested in
> Disaster/Terrorist/ParaMilitary operations. These are the guys who want
> to have a mobile radio and a handitalkie on their belt. Not general run
> of the mill guys interested in radio/electronics/antennas/etc.
> I am sure there are other people out there living in the "hinterlands"
> that have the same issues....lack of Ham Friends in the immediate locale.
> RATS! If I need tower work done, my good buddies, AB0S and W0NO, have to
> drive 2 hours. Well, that is par for the course in Kansas...at least iit
> is flat and straight roads and you can run 75 MPH.
> Flame suit on....
> Lee - K0WA
> PS I have plenty of non ham friends ... but they don't climb either
> In our day and age it seems that Common Sense is in short supply. If you
> don't have any Common Sense - get some Common Sense and use it. If you
> can't find any Common Sense, ask for help from somebody who has some
> Common Sense. Is Common Sense devine?
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